All I Can Do/New Harvest...First Gathering

All I Can Do/New Harvest...First Gathering

by Dolly Parton
     
 
Dolly Parton was in a period of transition when she recorded the two albums featured on this CD, one of a series devoted to highlights from her back catalog. Originally released in 1976, All I Can Do was Parton's final album working with mentor Porter Wagoner, who co-produced with Dolly, and it finds her dipping her toes into country-rock arrangements and a

Overview

Dolly Parton was in a period of transition when she recorded the two albums featured on this CD, one of a series devoted to highlights from her back catalog. Originally released in 1976, All I Can Do was Parton's final album working with mentor Porter Wagoner, who co-produced with Dolly, and it finds her dipping her toes into country-rock arrangements and a more polished approach than her previous work. However, Parton's sunny but grounded personality still shines through and -- even more importantly -- her vocals and songwriting are both in superb shape, especially on "When the Sun Goes Down Tomorrow" and the title cut. The following year's New Harvest...First Gathering was the first salvo from Dolly after parting ways with Wagoner and hiring a new management team with an eye toward higher mainstream visibility. The result is an album that seems to have one foot in Nashville and the other in the land of adult contemporary music, but Parton, who produced the sessions, showed plenty of respect to Parton the artist, and while some cuts work better than others, it's a strong, emotionally mature set that rises above a potentially high schmaltz level with superb vocals and songs dealing with grown-up love in both realistic and heartfelt fashion. (And significantly, the most clearly country tune on the album, "Applejack," is also the least impressive.) These two albums were a stretch for fans of early masterpieces like Just Because I'm a Woman and Jolene, but also showed that Parton could take her talent in a number of different directions, and they sound great individually and as a set.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/10/2007
Label:
Rca Victor Europe
UPC:
0886970610827
catalogNumber:
706108

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dolly Parton   Primary Artist,Banjo,Background Vocals
Roy Acuff   Background Vocals
Chet Atkins   Background Vocals
Joe Maphis   Background Vocals
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Kitty Wells   Background Vocals
Rose Lee Maphis   Background Vocals
Ernest Tubb   Background Vocals
Wilma Lee Cooper   Background Vocals
Minnie Pearl   Background Vocals
Carl Butler   Background Vocals
Ramona Jones   Background Vocals
Anita Ball   Background Vocals
Lea Jane Berinati   Background Vocals
Clyde Brooks   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine,Background Vocals
Pearl Butler   Background Vocals
Mark Casstevens   Banjo
Charlie Chappelear   Bass,Background Vocals
Ralph Childs   Tuba
Stoney Cooper   Background Vocals
Shane Keister   Organ,Synthesizer
Richard Dennison   Background Vocals
Bobby Dyson   Bass
Bob Ferguson   Vocals
Janie Fricke   Background Vocals
Hubert Gregory   Background Vocals
Dave Kirby   Acoustic Guitar
Jerry Kroon   Percussion,Drums
Lea Jane Singers   Background Vocals
Kirk McGee   Background Vocals
Joe McGuffee   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Terry McMillan   Harmonica
Farrell Morris   Percussion
Jamie Nichol   Conga
John Pell   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals,Classical Guitar
Gregg Perry   Piano,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Tack Piano
Debbie Jo Puckett   Background Vocals
Dwight Puckett   Background Vocals
Billy Puett   Horn
Jimmy Riddle   Jew's Harp
Don Roth   Electric Guitar
Rod Smarr   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar
Don Warden   Background Vocals
Jimmy Colvard   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Larrie Londin   Drums
Avie Lee Parton   Background Vocals
Lee Parton   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Merle Haggard   Composer
Emmylou Harris   Composer
Dolly Parton   Composer,Producer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Richard Adler   Engineer
Bill Danoff   Composer
Brent Maher   Engineer
Gregg Perry   Producer,String Arrangements
Tom Pick   Engineer
Armin Steiner   Engineer
Porter Wagoner   Producer
Ronald White   Composer
Herb Burnette   Art Direction
Roy Shockley   Engineer
Stephen Munns   Liner Notes

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